More than just a year ends at the stroke of midnight tonight. Anyone clinging to a Windows 10 Mobile phone will no longer be able to use the WhatsApp chat app at the start of 2020.
This news shouldn’t be a surprise. Facebook-owned WhatsApp said back in May that it was ending Windows Phone support as of Dec. 31. That not only means no more updates for the messaging app, but WhatsApp won’t even work on the handful of Windows 10 Mobile devices still out there in the wild. (After all, it has been several years since a new Windows phone came along and even Microsoft’s Surface Duo coming out in 2020 runs Android apps — not Windows.)
Windows phone users could still go to the WhatsApp website via their phone’s browser if they still need to use the chat service, but honestly, just get yourself a new phone at this point. Even Microsoft is telling you to do that on its end-of-support FAQ for Windows 10 Mobile.
Windows phones aren’t the only aging mobile devices losing access to WhatsApp. Older versions of Android and iOS will also be unable to access the app, though that cutoff doesn’t happen until Feb. 1.
In the case of Android, devices still running Android 2.3.7 will lose access to WhatsApp two months from now. For the iPhone and iPad, the cutoff is iOS 7. Considering we’re up to Android 10 and iOS 13, we’re talking some pretty old devices.
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New Audi cars come with Apple Music as standard, but what's the point? – TrustedReviews
While Android Auto and Apple CarPlay infotainment offer access to the best music streaming apps, Audi is taking things a step farther with a standalone Apple Music app.
The German automaker has announced that most recent models are gaining access to the Apple Music app. That means there’ll be no need to plug their iPhone into the car, or even connect it wirelessly. The integration is starting with new 2022 models.
An over-the-air update for Audi’s own infotainment system will introduce the app, which will require users to enter their Apple ID username and password in order to gain access to the on-the-go tunes.
Audi says European drivers will get the first 3GB of data for free, but that’s obviously not going to go very far. To go any further, drivers will need to sign up to a data plan for their car.
However, considering the same vehicles do offer CarPlay support, drivers will probably be better off using the Apple Music app that way, where they can access offline playlists, rather than taking on another data plan.
It’s debatable whether accessing through the standalone app for Audi vehicles is actually even that useful in this instance, considering access to navigation apps like Apple Maps, Google Maps and Waze are also available via CarPlay.
However, if you just want to keep your phone free, then it might be more convenient to access the app via the home-baked infotainnment system.
“Integrating Apple Music into the Audio infotainment system marks the next step in the collaboration between Audi and Apple,” said Christiane Zorn, Head of Product Marketing at Audi, in a press release.
“For our customers, it means that we are offering them direct access to their own personalised listening experience. This is our understanding of a premium digital in-car experience. At Audi we are systematically driving the digitalisation of the vehicle and we are convinced that the interior is increasingly developing into a third living space.”
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Today's Wordle Answer (#334) – May 19, 2022 – GameSpot
There are certain Wordle answers that you simply don’t think to guess. The answer itself may be an extremely common word but it just wouldn’t be your first, second, or third guess in Wordle. Today’s Wordle, on May 19, is one of those words.
Again, it’s not that this is a challenging word by any means, but it possesses some qualities that can make it difficult to guess. I started out with my normal starting word and then proceeded to try and place some of the letters I got correct. By my second guess, I had the middle three letters placed correctly. However, from guesses three to five, I kept getting the first and last letter wrong. On the sixth guess, I remembered the oldest trick in the Wordle handbook and managed to get the answer right by the skin of my teeth.
If you’re struggling as I did, then you will some need tips on how to complete today’s Wordle. If those tips aren’t enough, then we’ve also laid out the full answer below.
Today’s Wordle Answer – May 19, 2022
We’ll start with a couple of hints to get your mind on the right train of thought. However, if those tips just aren’t working for you, then you can keep reading to see the full answer.
- Hint 1: This word was the title of a movie that was released in 2019 and starred James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Samuel L. Jackson
- Hint 2: Squid Games participants stepped on a bridge made of this word during one of their challenges
If you’re not a huge cinema or TV buff, then those tips might not have been all that helpful. If that’s the case, then we’ll lay out the word for you… “glass.” It’s a classic double-letter Wordle. I personally always forget to try words with double letters, and it almost cost me today. Check back tomorrow for another Wordle guide brought to you by yours truly.
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Bungie on Buffalo shooting: 'It is time we begin to examine our practices and see what part we can play in preventing these tragedies' – Dot Esports
The recent mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, which was broadcast live on Twitch by a shooting suspect that had reportedly revealed his plans of the attack on Discord, has sparked introspective investigations into online spaces, where radical views can be potentially cultivated.
Bungie, the developer of Destiny, has joined that conversation, saying it plans to do more to build and maintain safe gaming communities that actively snuff out racism and bigotry.
The official statement comes from the Black at Bungie inclusion club, which discussed the Buffalo shooting with the Destiny player base and announced what they plan to do in response.
“Far too often, these racist attacks begin within online communities that are used to recruit and radicalize individuals,” Bungie said. “It is time we begin to examine our practices and see what part we can play in preventing these tragedies.”
Black at Bungie said it will partner with the studio’s Player Support and Community teams, with a focus on bolstering “ongoing efforts to maintain safe and anti-racist spaces in which our players and fans can come together.”
Additionally, Bungie called for other studios, publishers, and gaming communities to also “examine their own platforms and invest in practices to combat bigotry in all its manifestations.”
Alongside its affirmation to tackle radicalization, Black at Bungie announced that the “Be Heard” pin, which was originally released during 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests, would be spotlighted on the front page of the Bungie Store. For the next year, profits from sales of the pin will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose charity work includes monitoring hate groups across the United States and assisting in exposure of them and their members to the public and authorities. Bungie also linked the GoFundMe campaign for the families impacted by the attack in Buffalo.
“We believe games and their communities should be a force for good,” Bungie said. “We are committed to that.”
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